Not Lawrence, but Lawrance: Transition in Afghanistan and After
RUSI Journal, Feb 2012, Vol. 157, No. 1
By Brock Millman
T E Lawrence is often indicated as a model of successful interaction between Western armies and tribally organised societies – the inspiration behind the training of the AfPak Hands. But the Lawrence myth, argues Brock Millman, is a misleading one, and his contemporary, Sir Arthur Lawrance, is a better model. What is needed in countries like Afghanistan is a system of trained professionals on the blueprint of the British Colonial Service – an elite of specially selected civilian administrators with local authority.
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